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JAG Community Members Earn Outstanding Legal Professional Awards
The Kitsap County Bar Association recognized Lt. Ryan M. Feingold and Legalman 2nd Class LaClaire Cartwright during the 2021 Law Day celebration, a joint civilian and military award ceremony. This year’s ceremony, themed “The Rule of Law Now,” was held virtually on May 7. Kitsap Superior Court Judge Kevin D. Hull was the presiding judge, and State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Stevens served as keynote speaker.
June 10, 2021 - The Kitsap County Bar Association recognized Lt. Ryan M. Feingold and Legalman 2nd Class LaClaire Cartwright during the 2021 Law Day celebration, a joint civilian and military award ceremony. This year’s ceremony, themed “The Rule of Law Now,” was held virtually on May 7. Kitsap Superior Court Judge Kevin D. Hull was the presiding judge, and State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Stevens served as keynote speaker.

Legal Assistance Award Ceremony
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June 7, 2021 - During an All Hands call, Capt. Rock De Tolve, acting Assistant Judge Advocate General for Civil Law, presented awards for individual achievement and commended the Code 16 Team for its extraordinary mission impact during 2020, at the Washington Navy Yard.   

Legalman Named Office of the Secretary of Defense Sailor of the Year
Legalman 1st Class Sophia Davis was named Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Sailor of the Year (SOY) by the Navy’s senior enlisted leader at OSD. She was chosen from among Sailors assigned to all activities under the direct supervision of OSD. Davis currently serves as a defense paralegal in the Legal Department in the Office of Military Commissions.
June 4, 2021 - Legalman 1st Class Sophia Davis was named Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Sailor of the Year (SOY) by the Navy’s senior enlisted leader at OSD. She was chosen from among Sailors assigned to all activities under the direct supervision of OSD. Davis currently serves as a defense paralegal in the Legal Department in the Office of Military Commissions.

Communication is Key to Supporting Victims
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June 3, 2021 - A majority of sexual assault victims report feeling a lack of support from their leadership, and almost twothirds of victims report experiencing a behavior in line with retaliation. As a former Staff Judge Advocate, these numbers did not reflect my experiences advising Navy commands.

Fighting Fraud And Bad Deals: Consumer and Financial Protection for Service Members
Tricare Prime beneficiaries referred by their primary care manager for specialty services at a location more than 100 miles from their provider's office may be eligible to have their travel expenses reimbursed by Tricare at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Beneficiaries must have a valid referral and travel orders prior to traveling and file an official claim upon their return. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Senior Airman Alexxis Pons Abascal)
June 3, 2021 - Service members, military retirees, and their families are sadly not immune from consumer and financial fraud and are often directly targeted. High mobility, a steady government paycheck with publicly available information on salaries, BAH, etc., by rank and location, and other factors contribute to bad actors seeking to take advantage of service members and their families. According to the Federal Trade Commission, military members reported higher median loses from consumer fraud - including identity theft and imposter scams - than civilians.

RLSO Southeast Holds Change of Command
Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) held a change of command ceremony May 14, 2021 at the Beacon aboard Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Master Chief Legalman Tiffany M. George, USN, Capt. Joseph Hoelz, USN. Rear Adm. Darse E. “Del” Crandall, Jr., USN, and Cmdr. Brian Korn, USN.  Photo credit: Lt. Cmdr. Nakku Chung, USN.
June 1, 2021 - Region Legal Service Office Southeast (RLSO SE) held a change of command ceremony May 14, 2021 at the Beacon aboard Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Rear Adm. Darse E. “Del” Crandall, Jr., deputy judge advocate general and commander of Naval Legal Service Command, presided over the ceremony in which Cmdr. Brian Korn relieved Capt. Joseph Hoelz as commanding officer of RLSO SE.

​JAG Community Announces In-Service Procurement Program Selectees
May 25, 2021 - In February, the Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps In-Service Procurement Program (IPP) Selection Board met to consider 18 highly qualified applicants for Fiscal Year 2021.

Military Claims Act—What is it and how does it work?
Capt. Michael Garcia, 375th Air Mobility Wing judge advocate, fills out a damage to personal property claim form for a government employee on Scott Air Force Base April 22, 2013, following severe weather which caused flooding in many areas on base. Due to the massive flooding on base the legal office was able to have the area declared as an
May 20, 2021 - What is the Military Claims Act (MCA)? The MCA is a mechanism to administratively settle and pay claims arising from personal injury, death, or damage and loss of real or personal property caused by the Department of Defense (DOD).

Bring Your...Pet to Work: Are Fido Fridays Legal?
Senior Airman Alan Ricker, public affairs journeyman, brought his corgi, Topanga, to the McConnell Air Force Base Veterinary Services for a leptospirosis vaccine April 26, 2021, at McConnell AFB, Kansas. The leptospirosis vaccine protects pets from bacteria in water sources contaminated by wild animal urine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zachary Willis)
May 20, 2021 - Friday rolls around and the guilt of daily doggy daycare is weighing on you — can you bring Rover to work if he promises to sleep under your desk and not bark during meetings? The answer is…it depends.

Are You Prepared to Deploy/PCS? A Legal Readiness Cheat-Sheet
Family members wave as the fast-attack submarine USS Missouri departs from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 3, 2021, to participate in Exercise Agile Dagger 2021. A third of the Navy’s Pacific submarine force got underway for the exercise, which was designed to assess warfighting readiness and build capacity for the joint force.
May 20, 2021 - A critical part of deployment readiness is being ready-to-go at a moment’s notice, and that includes being legally prepared. Trying to resolve personal legal issues from overseas or while deployed is not just difficult,